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The Riff - My Signature Cocktail
Many years ago, well about 17 to be exact, I was just getting into liquor. Prior to that I was a cheap beer drinker. GASP! I know, folks who know me now would never believe that. I discovered that I enjoyed Rum, after a few mishaps with some other forms of alcohol that didn't exactly leave a good taste in my mouth…especially the second time past it, if you get my drift.
So many of the Rum drinks I sampled were terribly sweet and I am not a "sweet drink" kind of guy. So I set out to find a combination of ingredients I could enjoy my Rum with. I had always liked Vodka Tonics, except for the Vodka. So I decided to combine Rum with Tonic Water. Then came the task of finding another mixer or two for the drink. It was a long arduous (and drunken) task, but I finally settled on orange juice. It's not too sweet and it's not too bitter. The quantity of the juice was hard to nail down. A shot was way too much. You totally lost the taste of the Rum. Even a splash (by most bartenders measure) is even too much. So I settled on "A Whisper of Orange Juice". If forced to explain what a "whisper" is, I'd have to say a tablespoon may even be too much. The Riff was born!
The Recipe --
Start with a Rocks Glass filled with ice, then add:
2 ounces Light Rum
Fill with Tonic Water to almost the top
Add a "Whisper" of Orange Juice
Stir, and serve
A word about garnish. I rarely mess with it. It just wastes space that could be better filled by liquor as far as I'm concerned. For the purposes of the above photo, I used an orange. Please feel free to use whatever you would like.
The Riff Raff - Use 2 ounces of Spiced Rum in place of the Light Rum. I usually garnish this one with a cinnamon stick if I have any lying around. The drink gets spicier the longer you drink it.
Riff - The Dark Side - Use 2 ounces of Dark Rum instead of Light Rum
|Riff-The Dark Side, The Riff Raff, and the Classic Riff|